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I indulged myself...

Posted: 10/02/2015 at 13:37

Lovely new toy Steve.   Lots of fun to be had.


Posted: 09/02/2015 at 18:52

Depends which variety you have as some flower on old wood - mop heads and lace caps - and some, such as paniculata forms, flower on new wood.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 14:47

Thanks Biofreak.   If we stay above freezing this week I may also risk sowing some toms and chillies next Sunday but will save some seeds for a later fruity day, just in case.

New old window

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 14:44

Our farmer nieghbour, whose wife runs a riding school, has used old French doors reclaimed from the local double glazing company to build the walls of a mounted observation post for judges and commentators next to their big outdoor manège.

Since then, he's used more to make a sheltered picnic area for competition days for competitors and spectators.  

When we bought this old farmhouse and had some nasty white UPVC windows replaced with wooden framed ones we kept the old frames and their windows and I used them as coldframe lids for a while before giving them all away to a chap who used them to make a greenhouse.......



Greenhouse in Winter

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 14:40

Frank - I once tried that trick of large tubs of water in the greenhouse.  They froze.

But then winters are colder here as a rule.   Now I just bubble wrap the walls and roof and then use it to store pots of plants that can't stay out unprotected.  This winter I have ubs and troughs of bulbs which they bl**dy rodents have been diving in to but I shall take them out this coming week and put them in the sunshine so I have space for my soon to be sown broad beans and sweet peas and, when it's a bit warmer, my soon to be sown toms and chillies.   

Poor grass under trees, help!

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 14:15

Geranium macrorhizum - perennial, low maintenance, white, pink or  mauve flowers in late spring, scented foliage which turns red in winter.  Plant some daffs aonst it for early spring colour.   It will spread slowly if happy but can easily be controlled if needs be.

The other alternative is to remove some of the lowerbranches form the trees to allow mor elight to the lawn then rake the poor grass and reseed in April when it's warm enough and moist enough for grass seed to germinate and take root.

Anyone done any gardening today?

Posted: 09/02/2015 at 13:58

We have finally climbed above zero but it is grey and the earlier heavy mist has turned to drizzle.   The ground in the shade is still frozen solid but the snowdrops are now through too and will be flowering in a few days if the temps don't drop again.   The only gardening I did this weekend was t carry on tieing in the windbreak fabric and the next job will be slug pellets to protect emerging daffodil shoots.




Posted: 09/02/2015 at 09:15

Pyrcantha is classed as a wall shrub and won't cling by itself but you can put up horizontal training wires to tie it in.  It is evergreen and has spring blossom for nectar and autumn berries for birds plus provides shelter for beneficial insects and for birds to nest once it gets established.   .

Clematis when to prune?

Posted: 08/02/2015 at 18:21

I suspect you have mass produced clems using a basic ticketing system to label them.   My specialist supplier always tells me to plant 4 to 6 inches deeper than they were in the pot as it gets the roots closer to permanent moisture and encourages the plants to prodcue extra stems and thus extra flowers.

I don't plant early or winter flowering or evergreen clems at all but only because they they usually get killed off by heavy frosts.  I stick to group 2s and 3s and treat them all as group 3.  My supplier helpfully labels his plants with degrees of hardiness and I avoid anything that can't cope with -25C but have found some -20C group 2s (bought before I knew better) will come back after a hard winter if pruned as group 3s and given loads of food and patience.


Clematis when to prune?

Posted: 07/02/2015 at 16:41

In my experience, clematis can take a season or two to settle and get their roots down and then they'll take off producing more stems from the base every year.  If you mulch them in autumn when the upper growth has lost all its foliage and turned twiggy you don't have to worry about not mulching the old stems.   They'll be cut off in spring anyway and the new stems will come from the root as long as you get the feeding right.  Greedy plants, clematis..

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